This Month at the CRC

February 2018

We asked Research Academy for University Learning Director Milton Fuentes and Associate Director Julie Dalley "What is the biggest challenge facing higher education in the next decade?" To read their inspiring and provocative responses, visit the Creative Research Center Guest Blog.

September 2017

Neil Baldwin, Director of The Creative Research Center, was given the special privilege of conducting a wide-ranging seminar on "American Culture" for visiting graduate students from Shanghai Theatre Academy in July. 

The Fifth Annual CRC Symposium on the Imagination

Weapons of Math Destruction Event Challenges Accuracy of Algorithms

Read about the recent "Weapons of Math Destruction: What is an Algorithm?" event, which explored what algorithms are (and are not), how they are built, their positive and negative effects, and the ways we can examine them for fairness and ethical behavior. 

Click here to read TAPINTO Montclair's feature highlighting the event, Cathy O'Neil, and Montclair State University professor Dr. Neil Baldwin.  

May 2016

Nell Painter WBGO gallery 2016

'THERE!' Works by CRC virtual artist-in-residence Nell Painter

On display through June 30, 2016 at:


November 2015

Carpe Diem Neil Baldwin

CRC director Dr. Neil Baldwin was featured on the latest episode of Carpe Diem, a weekly news magazine from the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State. Dr. Baldwin discussed his acclaimed biography of the renowned innovator of American poetry Dr. William Carlos Williams, To All Gentleness: William Carlos Williams, The Doctor-Poet, which chronicles the life of the New Jersey poet who wrote from the perspective of a doctor and practiced medicine with the compassion of a poet. Carpe Diem also documented a memorable event at the Meadowlands Museum honoring the poet his extensive work as a physician. 

Watch the episode here.‌‌

The Creative Research Center presents the Fourth Annual Symposium - The Entrepreneurial Imagination. 

April 14, 2015 in alliance with The Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurial Imagination - with John Kounios - author of The Eureka Factor - click here 

The Third Annual CRC Symposium:

The Cinematic Imagination - Part I
A Conversation with Cari Ann Shim Sham
February 4, 2014

Click here to watch the conversation filmed & edited by Ken Spooner.
Click here to learn more about Cari Ann Shim Sham and her work.
Click here to see the promo for Stardust, Cari Ann's collaboration with David Rousseve.

Part II - February 25 - A Conversation with Pam Turner 

Click here to watch Ken Spooner's video of the interview with Pam Turner.
Part III - Watch the Q&A Interview with filmmaker Grahame Weinbren! - April 1, 2014 - click here

Part IV - Watch the interview/screening with Academy Award Winner Skip Lievsay – April 22, 2014 - click here


The Scientific Imagination: Where Do Ideas Come From?

Please click here to see video.

The MSU Creative Research Center in association with The College of the Arts, The College of Science and Mathematics, and The School of Communication and Media presents The Second Annual CRC Symposium/VideoThe Scientific Imagination – Where Do Ideas Come From? 


 Dr. Neil Baldwin, Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance in the College of the Arts and Director of The Creative Research Center, interviews Dr. Jennifer Adams Krumins, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Molecular Biology; Dr. Cigdem Talgar, Director of Research & Programs and Acting Director, The Research Academy for University Learning; Dr. William Thomas, Director, New Jersey School of Conservation; Dr. Ashwin Vaidya, Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences; and Dr. Meiyin Wu, Associate Professor, Biology and Molecular Biology and Director of The Passaic River Institute. 

The Creative Research Center was established two years ago as the first - and only “virtual Center” at MSU. Its ambitious mission is to promote a continuous conversation about the role of the creative imagination in all fields – not only in the arts.

This one-hour video is a wide-ranging conversation about the delights and complexities of the scientific imagination. The panel discussion includes a series of short films produced and narrated by current broadcasting students and recent graduates that takes us “behind the scenes” for a first-hand look at the current projects and explorations of five distinguished scientists, as well as surprising revelations from their pasts about how they became immersed into their scientific ways of life.

 The program explores how science and creativity have come together in these five careers, and how the imagination comes into play when these scientists are engaged in a project.

Thanks to Earl Harris & Alexandra Thelin for their continuing technical expertise.

The Creative Research Center is now on Facebook.

The Creative Research Center encourages cross-disciplinary critical discourse through virtual and real-time communications.

Our vision for stimulating an expansive cultural dialogue crossing physical boundaries culminated in a live event, Imagination in the Post-9/11 World: How Have We Changed? on October 12, 2011.